Planned Par­ent­hood meets with Ivanka to de­fend its fed­eral funds

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

A top ex­ec­u­tive at Planned Par­ent­hood has con­firmed a meet­ing be­tween Ivanka Trump and the group’s pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s daugh­ter re­cently used her ad­vi­sory role within the ad­min­is­tra­tion to host a sit-down meet­ing with Planned Par­ent­hood Pres­i­dent Ce­cile Richards, Politico re­ported.

“The pur­pose of the meet­ing, from Ce­cile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully un­der­stood what Planned Par­ent­hood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a ter­ri­ble idea for Planned Par­ent­hood to be re­moved from be­ing able to see Med­i­caid pa­tients,” Dawn Laguens, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica, told Politico.

Planned Par­ent­hood dodged a leg­isla­tive bul­let in late March when Repub­li­can law­mak­ers failed to pass health care leg­is­la­tion that would have stripped it of fed­eral fund­ing. Ms. Trump told CBC News that her public si­lence on fem­i­nist is­sues isn’t proof that she hasn’t used in­flu­ence be­hind the scenes.

Ms. Richards told the Women in the World con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day night that pri­vate dis­agree­ment with Mr. Trump is not good enough.

“Any­one who works in this White House is re­spon­si­ble for ad­dress­ing why women are in the crosshairs of ba­si­cally ev­ery sin­gle pol­icy we’ve seen in this ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Ms. Richards said. Ms. Trump de­clined to com­ment to Politico. The con­ser­va­tive web­site Hot Air said agree­ing to such a meet­ing was a rookie mis­take on Ms. Trump’s part.

“Chalk this up to po­lit­i­cal naivete, and per­haps some tone deaf­ness,” writer Ed Mor­ris­sey said Thurs­day. “The last thing Trump needs while fight­ing for his agenda on health care re­form is a con­nec­tion to Planned Par­ent­hood, es­pe­cially as the fight pits him against Free­dom Cau­cus mem­bers who could seize on that to paint Trump as too mod­er­ate to trust.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Staff of Planned Par­ent­hood sat down with Ivanka Trump in a bid to help the first daugh­ter un­der­stand “what Planned Par­ent­hood does.” Some de­cried Ms. Trump’s meet­ing as pos­si­bly dam­ag­ing to her father.

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